Spreading the wealth … from the suburbs to the center city.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the new book, “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities”.

His central premise was summarized in Forbes:

In the eyes of the leftist community organizers, suburbs are instruments of bigotry and greed — a way of selfishly refusing to share tax money with the urban poor. 

To reverse the trend, some groups advocate systematically redistributing the wealth of America’s suburbs to the cities via  “regional tax-base sharing,” a practice by which suburban tax money is directly redistributed to nearby cities and less-well-off “inner-ring” suburbs.


President Obama has lent the full weight of his White House to the  efforts.

A federal program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative, for example, has salted planning commissions across the country with “regional equity” and “smart growth” as goals. 

These are, of course, code words. 

“Regional equity” means that, by their mere existence, suburbs cheat the people who live in cities. 

It means, “Let’s spread the suburbs’ wealth around” – i.e., take from the suburbanites to give to the urban poor.

“Smart growth” means, “Quit building sub-divisions and malls, and move back to where mass transit can shuttle you between your 800 square foot apartment in an urban tower and your downtown job.”

Suburbs are for sellouts:  That is a large and overlooked theme of Obama’s famous memoir, Dreams from My Father.  The city is the moral choice.

He attributed urban decline to taxpayer “flight” to the suburbs. 

So, compulsory redistribution of suburban tax money to cities was the only lasting solution to urban decay. 

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